This weekend, the holy month of Ramadan ends with the Eid al-Fitr celebrations.
Eid celebrations traditionally involve Muslims who say special prayers and perform charitable deeds before enjoying a large meal with their friends and family.
This year it starts at sunset on Sunday (May 24).
Ramadan could have ended Saturday night, but as the new moon marking the arrival of the following Islamic month, Shawwal, could not be seen, the fast lasts for up to 30 days.
The Eid al-Fitr parties can start on Sunday evening and there are countless ways in which people can greet each other during this festival.
The most common greeting is Eid Mubarak, which means ‘happy holiday’.
The traditional response to wishing someone good will is Khair Mubarak.
If you want to use Eid Mubarak in a full sentence, the greetings include:
- May the magic of this holy festival bring unlimited happiness to your life and embellish it with the colors of heaven! Eid Mubarak!
- I wish you and your family a very joyful Eid. May Allah accept all your prayers and forgive all your mistakes. Eid Mubarak!
- May Allah pour out countless blessings on you and your family. Keep me in your prayers.
- Of all the days to celebrate this, the rest surpasses, we hope this Eid is the happiest and best Eid Mubarak for everyone.
- There is no greater blessing in the world than a true friend. I thank God every day for giving a friend like you. Eid Mubarak for you and your family!
- This blessed day is for thanking the almighty for all that he has given us. May he answer all your prayers and fulfill all your desires. Eid Mubarak!
Other Eid greetings
There are countless other ways of greeting each other during Eid al-Fitr, such as Jazak Allah Khair, which means ‘May Allah reward you with goodness’.
Other traditional greetings also cover lines from the Quran, including:
- “Those who believed and lived righteous lives are the best creatures.” – The Quran, 98: 7
- “Hold on to forgiveness, command what is right; but turn away from the ignorant. – The Quran, 7: 199
- “All that is in the heavens and the earth glorifies Allah; and He is the Mighty, the Wise. The Quran, 57: 1
- “God is kind and loves kindness in everything.” – Riyad-us-Saliheen, volume 1: 633
- “He is the One God; the Creator, the Initiator, the Designer. The most beautiful names belong to Him. Glorifying him is all in the heavens and the earth. He is the Almighty, the most wise. – AYAH al-Hashr 59:24
- “You cannot lead the ones you would like, but God leads the ones He wants. He has the best knowledge of the guided. – Surah Al-Qasas 28:56.